It’s Time for MY Superbowl – the Oscars

If you have something to tell me, don’t wait until Sunday to call, because I’ll be busy. I’ll be hanging out on my sofa, watching the pre-pre-show, pre-show, and game awards ceremony. Yeah, I did the whole Superbowl thing, played along for the sake of the crowd, but this is my big day. I love me some Academy Awards.


Best Actress Academy Award

Best Actress Academy Award (Photo credit: cliff1066™)


It’s not about the actual awards, of course. We all know who’s going to win the big ones (Argo, Spielberg, Day-Lewis, Watts, Hathaway). Supporting actor is up in the air –  I’d be happy with either Tommy Lee Jones or Alan Arkin (LOVE him!). It’s about the clothes, the drama, the awkward moments during the acceptance speeches, the weird banter between presenters who you know never talk to each other in the real world – it’s just so much fun.


Who doesn’t love watching the minor league interviewers (well, not Seacrest – he’s major) fawning all over the major league stars? Asking them the timeless, probing question – “Who are you wearing?” I eat this stuff up. I may be shallow, but at least I’m honest.


What’s not to enjoy about looking at eye candy like Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and more? Is there anything more delightful than seeing a star get the whole glamorous fashion thing right…except one who gets it horribly wrong? Yes, there I’ll sit in my leggings and sweatshirt and big fuzzy socks, cackling at someone far more talented, gorgeous and thin than I because their dress is just so bad. Nothing like a little schadenfreude to make my Sunday!


English: Bradley Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Fi...

English: Bradley Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Woody Allen’s film Whatever Works. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


And what about Seth MacFarlane hosting this year? I’m expecting some really, really funny jokes. He’d better deliver, because we need some new blood. I love Billy Crystal as much as the next person, but he’s old news. Enough with the alter kockers. Except for Steve Martin. They can bring him back if they want to.


And Adele is singing, so that will be worth the whole two plus hours right there.


I hope there aren’t too many winners who are cut off by the orchestra, but you know, of course, there will be. There will also be unfortunate shots of the loser’s faces, one or more of whom will look visibly startled that they didn’t win. Listen, it really is an honor to be nominated – and when else would they get to wear all of those fabulous jewels?


The “in memoriam” segment is always a melancholy moment – inevitably there will be someone who died that surprises me. One year, my first cousin, twice removed (I googled it – that’s the official term) Edward Anhalt (best adapted screenplay, 1964, Becket) was in the roundup of those who had died, which caught me by surprise – I knew he had died, of course, but seeing him in the video montage was a little startling.


That’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to being part of the awards ceremony – but that’s ok. I don’t know if it would be as much fun if I wasn’t wearing my fuzzy socks and watching on my big screen tv.


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Who are you rooting for this year? I’m rooting for Ben Affleck for Best Director – but oh well. He wasn’t even nominated.


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18 Responses to It’s Time for MY Superbowl – the Oscars
  1. Pam Houghton
    February 20, 2013 | 11:34 am

    I love the all the shows leading up to the Academy Awards, too and of course the Oscar telecast as well. I haven’t seen all of the movies but I guess I’m rooting for Argo for Best Picture since that time period evoked my college days – and I was ignorant of all that was going in the world – in my college days. 
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      February 20, 2013 | 1:49 pm

      I felt the same way watching “Argo,” like “how did I miss this?” when it was actually happening. Too busy having college fun, I guess…though I did keep track of the hostage crisis.

  2. Ginger Kay
    February 20, 2013 | 11:47 am

    This is one of the few evenings when I’ll wish I had TV. I am all about the dresses. I don’t even care about the awards; I just want to see the gowns. I don’t care who hosts inside, but I do miss Joan Rivers outside.
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  3. Cynthia
    February 20, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Thanks for the reminder to go schedule it on my TiVo. Love your post. Have you seen all the nominated movies? Trying to find time to go see Life of Pi this week.
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      February 20, 2013 | 1:47 pm

      I’ve seen most – passed on Django, Beasts of the Southern Wild and walked out of Zero Dark Thirty. Just can’t do the violent/upsetting films these days.

  4. Sue
    February 20, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Ha! I will be sitting on the couch and watching right along with you, and I especially like the before shows too.

  5. Haralee
    February 20, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    This is my favorite awards show to watch. I was just thinking today on what to make for dinner and snacks, something French or down home? I am so glad the show is on Sunday night. Anyone else remember when it was on a Monday? That was ridiculous, everyone is home Sunday night!
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      February 20, 2013 | 1:42 pm

      Yes – and the Sunday night before the Oscars was the annual airing of “The Wizard of Oz.” It was always a big weekend in my house!

  6. Cathy
    February 20, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    I’m with you girl. All the way. Put my sweats on, clear the room and sit myself down with a nice Chardonnay, ready to qvell over someone else’s body and outfit. I love it all I admit it! Wanna Google Hangout together while we watch?:-)

    If I were there, in person, I’d be fawning all over the stars too. Of course, only if they’re over 50 because I have a hard time telling one blonde from another apart (Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller,etc.)

    I’m pulling for Daniel Day-Lewis b/c he’s the cream of the crop. I pretty much know the rest. But I LOVE Alan Arkin and would love to see him win!

    Thanks for the great post!!
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      February 20, 2013 | 1:44 pm

      I’ll be following the Oscars hashtag – and tweeting – all night. We can virtually watch together!

  7. ElaineLK
    February 20, 2013 | 1:21 pm

    I”m rooting for “Les Miserables” because I just love all versions of that story, book to stage to movie. I loved Hugh Jackman, although I agree that no one can (or should) beat Daniel Day-Lewis. I really do not like knowing in advance who’s going to win, though. I wish the media would just stop predicting everything. It always leaves me hoping for an upset.

    So you’re related to the screenwriter for Becket? That is one of my all-time favorite movies–just absolutely LOVE Peter O’Toole (who should have won the Oscar for it).

    Happy watching!

    • Sharon Greenthal
      February 20, 2013 | 1:44 pm

      Yes, the screenwriter for Becket was my grandmother’s first cousin. He was quite an intelligent and charismatic guy!

  8. Shari Botts
    February 20, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    I swear sometimes we were separated at birth! The more I read your blog entries, the more I see myself. We are HUGE movie fans and go to the theater usually every weekend (we LOVE theater rewards programs obviously). Looking forward to seeing Silver Linings Playbook and Argo win some awards Sunday! Can’t wait to read your blog entries next week about your hits and misses :)

  9. Linda D'Ae-Smith
    February 20, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    I’m just not that into the Oscars, but I hope your team, er, uh, picks win!
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  10. grownandflown
    February 21, 2013 | 5:44 am

    Sharon, your Super Bowl and Academy Awards is astute – take a look at today’s NYT
    I promise not to call you this Sunday night – I’ll be watching, too!
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  11. Kimberly
    February 24, 2013 | 6:56 am

    One of the things I want to do when I’m an empty nester is to head to the movies the day before the Oscar. They have a back to back day of all the nominees for Best Picture. I’d love to have a movie day full of them on Saturday, then watch the Oscars on Sunday!
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